A WELCOME WINTER

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What better way to spend a snow day (or two!) than organizing and prepping, making and creating. And learning.

I had a deep heart to heart with someone yesterday, and have committed to make this my work. Make this my life. In my mind, I keep playing out ways to be able to quit my "real job," and then I realize that I am already working on a way. I just have to get over my starting syndrome. I'm the kind of person who gets really excited about projects. And planning. And starting to make.

And then I get side tracked.
That is what I need to work on changing.

I need to get in the habit of routinely posting new pieces, blogs, and inspiration. I need to continually learn new things. This means not only new processes, but my never ending pursuit of learning to read and speak Mandarin Chinese.

MAKING A START BY STARTING TO MAKE

ALRIGHT! So, thoughts on business... Although I believe I'll be great at running a business, it is intimidating. I mean, it is a huge endeavor when you look at your idea and call it starting a business. It is a relatively large chance to take with my relatively small amount of cash money.

And here's the thing: I'm hoping it doesn't have to feel like a this huge project engulfing my life. I'm hoping that the steps towards turning The Object Studio into a thriving business will feel natural. I know I have a lot to learn about taxes and accounting and keeping records and the like, but I'm excited to learn it. I'm excited to have something that is mine, and it requires my hard work, enthusiasm, and what I need to most work on - focus - to make it grow.

A little later today I am going to sit down with a the business person at my bank and hopefully start to figure out the first of the questions! I was feeling a bit intimidated when I first gave out my number for the business banker to call me, but in talking with him on the phone, he seems like a really down to earth guy who seemed interested in talking to me. Which is great, because this new world of finances daunting.

One thing that I personally need to do is to clean my studio. Organize it. Rearrange it to be the most productive space I can make it. Building the shelf helped some, but I need to find a home for everything, and in the process clear out some of the random supply stashing that has occurred (can you say way too many stacks of paper and paper scraps!).

Oh, are you liking these dark images? I have been especially drawn towards the dark tones in images like these on my inspiration page, and can't get enough of them!

I'll let you guys know how the bank visit goes. I'm considering documenting this whole starting a business deal in video form. A series of videos that are dedicated to the process and steps of running a business. I've never made or edited a video before, but would love to learn, and really, what better excuse than a way to document and share the ins and outs of creating a business from scratch!

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I challenge you to take 30 minutes and daydream about your dream job. Sit down with a warm drink and perhaps a notepad and let your mind wander. Until next time!

NEW YEAR PLANNING

Well, it is that time of year again! Time to begin anew, to better ourselves. It is time to launch new ideas, plan new beginnings, and realize our loftiest dreams!

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This is what I want 2014 to feel like. Airy. Confident. Calm. Structured. New.

Today has been a day full of planning and focus. I have been building a spreadsheet to track expenses for this coming year, and in doing so, I am beginning to really look forward to my new endeavors. I am looking forward to launching The Object Studio as a business. I am looking forward to an organized studio. I am looking forward to many new opportunities and meeting wonderful people.

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I received Grow Your Handmade Business by Kari Chapin for Christmas from one of the families I babysit for. They have been great motivators in me getting my act together when it comes to The Object Studio. I am just beginning to get into this book, but I'm loving it so far. It digs deep into dreaming up, planning, and launching a creative business. These sort of books always motivate me, and this could not have come at a better time!

So far I am delving into the WHY. Into the WANT of running my business. And you know what? I DO want to do this. I DO want to run The Object Studio and I DO want to make it successful.

One of my major setback I have always had to deal with has been organization. Now, I have never been able to be called organized. I am not organized. It is hard for me to work in an overly uncluttered space (think library - NOT my ideal). One of my goals this year is to become less cluttered. This is a two part problem: I have too much stuff and I don't have enough space to put it. This past weekend, I built these shelves in a small space behind the door to my studio. I'm still in process of filling it, but already I feel a lot better about my space. Next is to clear off my two desks and get rid of all my closet clutter, which includes so much paper and "I'll use this someday" materials.

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How are you planning your new year? Are you heading off into uncharted waters? I'd love to hear about your ambitions for this new 2014.

Alright, back to Grow Your Handmade Business!

STUDS

A quick studio shot of some of the studs I'm working on for Earth & Sky Farm's Holiday Bazaar! I'll be selling there both weekends, and while you're there, pick up a Christmas tree or two!

These are made out of branches mostly found at Earth & Sky Farm. They are picked and sliced by hand, and coated with a wonderful, icy clear coat to keep them lasting for a long time. I love their natural simplicity and daily wearability. They'll be up in the shop shortly!

Holiday Bazaar

I am thrilled to be debuting my new line of jewelry at Earth & Sky Farm's Holiday Bazaar! Check out their website and facebook page for updates!

I'll be selling new earrings and necklaces, and a few holiday pieces as well! All pieces are handmade and one of a kind!

And for another bonus, you will be able to see where I source some of my branches and other natural materials. That's right! You will get to see where my materials come from. Talk about local!